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Feb 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat with my good buddy Jeff Eisenberg over at Yahoo! Sports about the elite teams in college basketball. We chat about all of these teams (in this order): Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA, Louisville, Kentucky, Florida State, Virginia, North Carolina, Baylor, and Wisconsin. Then finally, we close out by talking about how Duke fits into this, then name our top-four teams in the country (or, in other words, what our Final Four would be). You can follow Jeff over at @JeffEisenberg on Twitter. 

Feb 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Chris Stone of FanSided about the new 2017 NBA Draft Big Board I published over at Sporting News on Thursday. Our basic order of operations:

First, we discuss the overall strength of this class in comparison to the 2016 NBA Draft. Then, we start going through the board in this relative order (note: not the order of my board). Markelle Fultz, followed by Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith, Jonathan Isaac, Jayson Tatum, Malik Monk, Lauri Markkanen, Miles Bridges, Justin Patton, Bam Adebayo, Robert Williams, Harry Giles, John Collins, Luke Kennard, and Mikal Bridges. 

Within there, we also chat about some of our favorite fits for the 76ers or Celtics and some general team-based stuff, but this is mostly a very nerdy edition discussing draft prospects. 

Jan 31, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Troy Machir from CSN Mid-Atlantic about the Notre Dame-Duke game, Virginia-Villanova game, and the horrible Edmond Sumner news that he'll be out for the season.

Then, we break down where the bubble stands conference-by-conference. Should 13 ACC teams make the NCAA Tournament? Does the SEC really only have three tourney quality teams? How does the Big Ten shake out? Just how quickly does the Pac-12 drop off? Are Creighton and Xavier safe? More importantly though, seriously, how soft can this bubble possibly be right now? Are teams like Georgia and Kansas State seriously in the field right now? 

Jan 29, 2017

In this episode, I bring on CJ Moore from Bleacher Report and talk about Kansas-Kentucky, the SEC-Big 12 challenge, the some of the other upsets in college basketball yesterday, including talking too much about Colorado. You can (and should!) follow CJ at @CJMooreBR on Twitter. 

Jan 26, 2017

In this episode, I chat with ESPN's Jeff Goodman about two topics. First, we chat about the biggest story in college basketball: what's wrong with Duke, and can they fix it?

Following that, we chat about who Jeff's favorite prospects in the 2017 draft are, if there is a consensus forming around the top-10, who we think some potential risers are up the board, and if there is anyone currently being a bit underrated by the general public. Overall, a far reaching conversation on a lot of different players. 

Jan 24, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags over at Barstool about a wide variety of topics, none of which have to do with Duke. First, we go through a few recent additions and subtractions to rosters, including OG Anunoby, Dillon Brooks, and Allonzo Trier. 

Then, in the second half of the podcast, we break down the Knicks' season and what their direction should be heading into the draft. Should they look to try to unload Carmelo Anthony? Should they be trying to move guys like Courtney Lee? What do you do with Derrick Rose? Who should the Knicks be trying to get their hands on in the draft? Lot to discuss in what will undoubtedly be an incredibly busy offseason in New York. 

Also, I can't emphasize this enough: no Duke. 

Jan 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Bleacher Report's Kerry Miller about the day that was in college basketball, including in-depth breakdowns on UCLA-Arizona, Miami-Duke, Florida State-Louisville, Marquette-Creighton, Kansas State-West Virginia, and then going through some rapid fire results of the weekend, including discussions on Villanova, Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oregon, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Indiana, the Big Ten being bad, and the SEC somehow being worse. 

Jan 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Derek Bodner of DraftExpress, USA Today, and Philly Mag fame about the Philadelphia 76ers. First, we talk about how ridiculous Joel Embiid has been, how Robert Covington has not been as bad as many think, how the team continues to acquire interesting long-term assets, and the conundrum facing them with Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel. 

Then, we talk about what the 76ers could look to do in the NBA Draft this upcoming season, particularly if they end up getting both their own pick and the Lakers pick. Should the team take Markelle Fultz if they get No. 1? Who would be next on their board? Is Lonzo Ball, Malik Monk, or Jonathan Isaac a good fit? That and plenty more about what the team should do in what will be an extremely important offseason in 2017. 

Jan 18, 2017

In this episode, I chat with 247Sports' Jerry Meyer to get an update on some of the elite recruits of the 2017 recruiting class following Hoophall in New England and McDonald's All-American selections. 

Has Michael Porter established himself as the top recruit in the class? Does DeAndre Ayton still have the highest ceiling? What to make of Trevon Duval and Mohammed Bamba? How is the wing depth in the class?

Then finally, we chat about some of the overlooked skills in recruiting. Is there something that the best evaluators look past when rating prospects? 

Jan 16, 2017

In this episode, I chat about all of the college basketball that happened this weekend with our good buddy over at NBC Sports Rob Dauster, who was a bit tired after traveling back from a Pakistani wedding. 

Our order of operations? What's wrong with Duke after the team lost to Louisville? How good is North Carolina after it beat Florida State? Can Gonzaga go unbeaten? What's up with the Big 12? How about Butler's win over Xavier, and what can the Musketeers do to start getting some quality wins? UCLA becomes the fourth team to sweep the mountain schools on the road in the Pac-12. The rest of the ACC, including Clemson losing its fourth in a row and Notre Dame winning its fifth in a row. The Big Ten is a mess and bad. The A-10 is a mess and bad. The Missouri Valley is a mess and bad. Finally, the situation with Emmanuel Omogbo and Terrence Rencher is a mess and bad. 

You can get the show on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, Android, Google Play and other places. We are powered by CLNS Radio. You can follow Rob's work over at NBC Sports and follow him on Twitter at @RobDauster. 

Jan 13, 2017

In this episode, I chat with my good buddy Reid Forgrave about his story in GQ on Zac Easter and about concussions in football, which I firmly believe will be one of the best stories written in sports journalism this year.

Then, we chatted about his main love, college basketball. What's up in the Big East? How cool is the Hamidou Diallo situation? Some quick mention of Harry Giles and some other draft prospects later, then also chat about how Reid is going ice fishing in the middle of a Minnesota lake this weekend.

Jan 12, 2017

In this episode, we have three parts. First, I chat with Stephen Schramm of the Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina, who covers Duke and the ACC on a day-to-day basis. What is it like covering the Grayson Allen situation? Are there any parallels? What is this Duke team like?

Second, I chat with Eric Bossi about a different issue with Duke, specifically about what is going on with Harry Giles. Should he be playing? What were his options coming out of high school? What did you like about him coming out of high school? Then we also break down some of the stud players in the freshman class that aren't necessarily getting the publicity they deserve. 

Finally, I get my girlfriend Laura to help me out with a mailbag. Readers ask questions about Gonzaga's Zach Collins, UCLA's Lonzo Ball, Florida, Bam Adebayo, and NCAA Tournament sleepers. 

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Jan 10, 2017

In this episode, it's a reunion of the old Eye on College Basketball Podcast as I chat with good friend of the program Matt Norlander about what we've seen in college basketball to this point. Need to catch up on the college hoops season after college football has just ended? This will act as a nice catch-all for you, including a quick little recap of what we think has been important so far, whether or not we think this is the most talented college basketball has been in the last decade, if the rule changes have helped, and finally hand out some awards to the superlative players that we've seen so far. 

You can follow Matt's work at CBSSports.com, where he covers college hoops at large. You can also follow him on Twitter at @MattNorlander. 

Jan 9, 2017
In this episode, I chat with The Ringer's Jonathan Tjarks about the 2017 NBA Draft's elite NBA prospects. We get super nerdy and break down Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Josh Jackson, Jonathan Isaac, Jayson Tatum, and others in-depth.
Jan 6, 2017
In this edition, I chat with Kyle Tucker from over at SECCountry.com about just how fun this Kentucky basketball team is to cover on a day-to-day basis. We chat about the team's uptempo nature, the unsung hero that Isaiah Briscoe, the potential weakness of the team, as well as the excellence of Malik Monk. Then, I chat with Terrence Payne about the night in college basketball on Thursday from Pauley Pavilion, where I saw UCLA beat Cal 81-71. We chat about that game, Ivan Rabb vs. T.J. Leaf, Purdue beating Ohio State, Minnesota and Nebraska's surprising Big Ten starts, and close with a few thoughts on Villanova's loss to Butler and Justin Patton's awesomeness.
Jan 5, 2017
In this edition, the podcast actually has segments! In the first segment, Reags from over at Barstool and I GET SUPER SERIOUS about the Grayson Allen situation. Because it's the most important thing in the world and not hilarious in any way. Then, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach over at Fox Sports about his alma mater, the Missouri Tigers, and the basketball program there after the administration had to release a statement saying that Kim Anderson will be evaluated at the end of the year and not before then. Then to close, I answer some reader questions with some help from my girlfriend Laura, who makes a brief appearance asking about national coach of the year, Markelle Fultz, and Justin Patton.
Jan 3, 2017
In this episode, I chat with Jeff Eisenberg about the weekend that happened in college hoops. But first, we go over some news and notes, including Coach K being out for the next month and South Florida moving on from Orlando Antigua. Then we chat about Villanova-Creighton, Louisvilla-Indiana, Duke-Virginia Tech, Boston College-Syracuse, and North Carolina-Georgia Tech, among other interesting games of note.
Dec 30, 2016
In this episode, I chat with Reags over at Barstool to finish the second part of our conference play preview with the ACC, Pac-12, and SEC.The questions asked are best team, league player of the year, most surprising team, most disappointing team, and what teams make the NCAA Tournament. Overall, a relatively in-depth discussion about what’s happening around the college basketball world. You can follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags on Twitter. Follow his work over at BarstoolSports.com. And subscribe to his podcast, the Storm The Court Podcast over on all providers.
Dec 29, 2016
In this episode, I chat with Reags over at Barstool about where the conferences stand after non-league play and before conference season begins. This time, we chat about the Big Ten, Big 12, and Big East in that order. The questions asked are best team, league player of the year, most surprising team, most disappointing team, and what teams make the NCAA Tournament. You can follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags on Twitter. Follow his work over at BarstoolSports.com. And subscribe to his podcast, the Storm The Court Podcast over on all providers.
Dec 28, 2016
In this episode, I chat with Danny Leroux about how the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement affects college basketball. Will the one-and-done rule eventually change? Does the new D-League structure affect college hoops? Will the extra roster spots and how they're used affect the NBA Draft? We also chatted quickly about how irrational actors in the NBA make it incredibly difficult to predict. A wide variety of topics are discussed here with Danny, who you can follow over at @DannyLeroux on Twitter. You can also read his work at The Athletic, Sporting News, and RealGM, as well as listen to him regularly on the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast, the Locked on Warriors podcast, and the RealGM Podcast.
Dec 23, 2016
In this episode, I get with NBC Sports' college hoops writer Rob Dauster and talk about the most underrated players in college basketball, including a few players from the SEC, Big 10, Big 12, and Pac-12. Also, we chat about how Fran McCaffery keeps being angry for some reason. Oh, and my cat knocked over the Christmas tree about 30 seconds into recording, which was terrific timing. You can follow Rob over at NBC Sports, and follow him on Twitter over at @RobDauster.
Dec 22, 2016
In this episode, I bring on Aaron Torres to talk about the night in hoops, including a terrific game of basketball between Louisville and Kentucky, Duke's Grayson Allen' trippin' dudes again against Elon, and Syracuse somehow setting a new bar for futility under Jim Boeheim by losing by 33 to St. John's. Overall, just a wild, weird night in college basketball that needed recapped as soon as possible.
Dec 21, 2016
In this episode, I chat with C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report about a wide variety of things within the Big 12, including Kansas, how good Josh Jackson and Frank Mason have been, our lord and savior Svisus, Baylor and Johnathan Motley, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Lauri Markkanen, and a bit of Duke at the end, even. You can follow CJ over at @CJMooreBR, where he's the site's lead college basketball writer.
Dec 19, 2016
In this episode, I get with SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell to break down a wild weekend of college basketball, where Malik Monk went for 47 points, Kentucky got a huge win against North Carolina, the Big East dominated, and a lot of teams picked up quality wins. The rundown: -UK-UNC/Malik Monk -Crossroads Classic -UCLA beats Ohio State -Arizona picks up wild win over Texas A&M -Big East dominance with Georgetown, Xavier, Creighton wins -Rest of the country, including Jawun Evans, Northwestern, Texas, Illinois, Utah, South Carolina
Dec 16, 2016
In this episode, I discuss my recently updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board at Sporting News, why certain players are ranked where with DraftExpress's Josh Riddell. Particularly, there's a longer discussion on Jonathan Isaac, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Lauri Markkanen, Bam Adebayo, Grayson Allen, Arnoldas Kulboka, T.J. Leaf, Josh Hart, and Tony Bradley. You can follow Josh on Twitter over at @Joshua_Riddell.
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